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Networking: Motivate Yourself and Help your Business Grow

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 24, 2010

As an entrepreneur you may hear a lot about networking and wonder what all the hubbub is about. Networking, both online and off, is a wonderful way to build connections in your industry. It’s a terrific way to increase awareness, build your customer base and ultimately boost your profits. However, you probably know that already. What you may not know is that networking is also a wonderful way to motivate yourself.

Impress Them

Networking pushes you to be at your absolute best. If you’re putting forth the effort to network, you’ll want to stand out. So when you communicate with the public, strive to make your first impression peerless, by being ready, willing and able to give them an informative and inspirational pitch about your business.

Connections Count

You never know where you’ll meet your next business partner, a superior customer or one of those coveted ‘Paul Revere type’ of individuals who spreads news faster than CNN. If you meet a ‘Paul Revere’ and can get them excited about your business, you’ve just launched your business into a whole new arena.

Moves You Forward

Because networking is usually a scheduled event, it accomplishes two things. It drives you to prepare before you head to the website or event. And it pushes you too put some serious thought into how you present yourself both online and off. Networking forces you to think about your business, where it’s going, what your future plans are, and how you want to be perceived.

Ideas Ignited

For most people, networking with other successful people sparks their competitive spirit. We see other successful people and think, “If they can do that, so can I.” We hear great ideas, product launches, marketing tactics and business strategies and we think, “How can I do this too? Hearing the stories of others is very motivating!

Mindset Shifts

Finally, networking both online and off (though online networking can be done in your pajamas with unruly hair and un-brushed teeth) makes us feel and act more professionally. For the most part, the simple act of being a professional makes us feel more professional. We start to feel less like a person who works at home in their pajamas and more like a business person, a CEO, and most importantly, a successful entrepreneur.

Deanna Maio, Certified Professional Coach, is the Founder of SavvyGals Coaching & Consulting, LLC in Portland, Oregon. Her specialty is teaching women business owners how to stop wasting time, start making more money, and live the life they deserve and desire.

She started coaching in 2005 to help other busy people get the information, support, and accountability they needed to deal with the sometimes overwhelming prospect of running their business while still having a fulfilling personal life.

Prior to starting her own business, Deanna spent over 10 years as a manager, instructional designer and workshop facilitator. An unconditionally supportive coach and sought-after speaker and facilitator, Deanna is known for her passion and dedication to helping her clients create better results faster and easier than ever before.

Deanna recently finished contributing to her first print book, GPS to Success, which is slated for publication in Spring 2010. You can learn more about Deanna and her coaching, programs and products at her website,

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Make Your Business Flourish Despite Life’s Distractions

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 11, 2010

I know the things I could be doing for my business to keep it growing and successful — the programs I can’t wait to share with my clients, or the affordable products I want to develop. Very exciting stuff, I agree. I can even see the end result in my mind, the money I want to earn, and the number of people I want to reach.

But, boy, does it get hard sometimes. For example, I can get bogged down by daily demands that don’t really get me to my goals. Or, I get discouraged because I’m not where I want to be. Sometimes it seems so far off, doesn’t it?

So, what do I do in these dark and distracting times? — Two simple you know already, dear reader! Yes, they are called Self-Discipline and Persistence. Today we’ll examine them to help refresh your memory and remind you of what you already know, and I hope, spark you to take some new action to integrate them more fully into your business.

Self-Discipline: Do You Want to Control Your Destiny?

Building self-discipline takes practice, especially with long-term goals. I know I’m impatient. I want what I want and I wanted it yesterday. Yet things must run their course and some things just take time to develop. Yet, I have to make my plans stay on track and that is directly connected to what I choose to do each day to make it all happen. That’s the essence of self-discipline, to make a conscious decision in how I want to control my destiny.

Pause here for a moment:

  • Think about how you want to make your own destiny. Go through the business goals you have for yourself, especially for this new year.
  • Imagine the choices you’ll make from now on as you encounter obstacles, distractions, and temptations.
  • Break up your long-term goals into smaller, more manageable mini-goals that you can celebrate each time you achieve every one.

But how do you keep going and going when you start getting tired and are losing your wind? It seems no end is in sight. Things don’t seem to be changing even with the conscious choices you’ve made. This is when you must persevere!

Persistence = One Sexy Tortoise

Persistence is a mental game with yourself. You have to remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing even though it’s not fun or downright anxiety-inducing. Dangle the carrot of good things coming to you because of what you’re putting in. Don’t forget to give kudos where kudos is due — great job!

Feeling stuck? Are you sure you’re stuck, or are you simply not allowing your actions time to bear fruit? If you see a certain action is not working after all, it’s okay to change tactics, to try something new. As a famous general said, “We’re not retreating, we’re just advancing in a different direction.”

Some Closing Thoughts

When you know you have to wait for the results from all your effort, it can be an agony. It can be an uncertain period, and this is where hanging onto your goals becomes so important so that they can make your vision for your business a reality. Then, you can continue on for another day. Let me leave you with another inspiring quote from a wise Chinese saying, “If there is no dark and dogged will, there will be no shining accomplishment; if there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.”

©2010 Deanna Maio, Savvy Gals LLC

Deanna Maio

Certified Professional Business & Career Coach

SavvyGals Coaching & Consulting, LLC


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